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Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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New concerns over cost of Clyde carriers
Defence ministers are under pressure to clarify whether or not the £6billion programme to build two giant aircraft carriers in Glasgow is still on track.

LibDem challenges Tories to 'come out' over EU
A Liberal Democrat cabinet minister has challenged eurosceptic Tory MPs to "come out" and admit they want the UK to leave the EU.

Campbell predicts Lib/Lab coalition after 2015 election
Labour will not win the next general election outright and will have to go into coalition with the Liberal Democrats, former Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell predicted.

China trip to focus on healthcare sector
Cabinet minister Kenneth Clarke is leading a new trade mission to China in a bid to capitalise on the country's rapidly expanding healthcare system.

Tory warns Scotland risks missing out on fracking revolution
SCOTLAND risks being left behind in the fracking revolution, the Scottish Government has been warned, after David Cameron made clear the UK Government was going "all out for shale" south of the Border.

Buchan Bulldog has memoirs published
ONE of Scotland's most colourful MPs of the 1980s has published his memoirs at the age of 95.

Salmond avoids referendum talk on the by-election campaign trail
ALEX Salmond urged voters to focus on the SNP's record at ­Holyrood as he launched his party's Cowdenbeath by-election campaign.

Cabinet to visit Bathgate as part of 2014 poll debate
Alex Salmond has announced he will take his cabinet to Bathgate for the first in a series of special meetings where people can question SNP ministers on their independence plans.

EU referendum Bill clears Lords hurdle
THE Tory plan for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union cleared its first hurdle in the House of Lords yesterday.

Cameron provokes EU wrath over planned immigration reform
BRUSSELS and Westminster have become embroiled in a war of words over claims the UK Government has stoked up fears over immigration for political purposes.

'Breakdown' predicted for Tories after MEP elections
Senior Liberal Democrats fear the Conservatives will have a "collective nervous breakdown" after this year's MEP elections - and adopt a more extreme position on Europe.

Osborne warns on minimum wage rise
DOWNING Street has denied the Coalition is sending out mixed messages on the national minimum wage.

Minister backs dog controls bid
PROPOSALS for compulsory microchipping of dogs and the reintroduction of licensing with restrictions on ownership have been welcomed by the community safety minister.

Scots Labour leader lobs White Paper at Salmond ... and scores direct hit
NOT that she's obsessed, you understand, but Labour's Johann Lamont has a bit of a thing for the independence White Paper, a thing for throwing it at Alex Salmond's head.

Clegg plays it cool over rift with Balls
NICK Clegg has responded coolly to Ed Balls's attempt at healing their rift by branding as "completely ridiculous" the idea the Shadow Chancellor's warm words about him were paving the way for a post-election Lab-Lib coalition.


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Families frozen out of death inquiries, MSPs hear
14 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm

Bereaved families are being let down by a “huge hole” in Scotland’s justice system which sees them frozen out of investigations into the deaths of loved ones, MSPs heard today.



Labour NEC: No women-only Aberdeen North shortlist
14 Jan 2014 at 11:19am

LABOUR’s ruling UK body has voted against making the selection for one of the party’s safest Westminster seats in Scotland an all-women shortlist.



Lord Advocate wants Dutch approach to prosecution
14 Jan 2014 at 5:38am

JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill has revealed the Lord Advocate wants to adopt the Dutch approach to prosecution standards as he launched a defence for abolishing the requirement for corroboration today.



Mystery over Aberdeen Tory councillor?s expulsion
14 Jan 2014 at 5:03am

MYSTERY today surrounded the shock expulsion of a leading Tory councillor from the Conservative Group on Aberdeen City Council.



Church in schools petition goes to Holyrood
14 Jan 2014 at 12:27am

A PETITION to end church leaders’ legal right to make decisions on school education is being considered by MSPs today.



Sturgeon poses 50 ?crunch? questions if vote is No
13 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has issued 50 questions to the No campaign as she challenged unionists about their plans for Scotland if independence is rejected.



Rebekah Brooks asked for office to be ?swept?
13 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

Rebekah Brooks asked for her office to be “discreetly” swept for bugs, the hacking trial heard yesterday.



Reform Scotland urges two free years at nursery
13 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ALL children should be given access to two years of free nursery education before starting school, a think tank has said.



Record number of Scots working in renewables
13 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

THE number of people employed in Scotland’s burgeoning renewables industry has soared to record levels.



The Scotsman cartoon: Scottish independence and debt
13 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

The Treasury has pledged to honour all UK Government debt up to the date of potential Scottish independence.



£250,000: the cost of putting MPs in the picture
13 Jan 2014 at 3:11pm

IT IS a centuries-old tradition to honour the great and the good for their public service. But privately commissioned paintings of parliamentarians are in danger of becoming vanity projects, say critics, after it emerged £250,000 has been spent on them in recent years.



Leaders: Scotland?s ?fair share? of UK debt
13 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

The real world is beginning to press in on Scotland’s independence debate. A Treasury statement has begun to give an answer to one of the biggest economic questions – how will the UK national debt be shared should Scotland vote Yes in September?



Alex Massie: Games Putin?s playing
13 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

The threat to the Olympic Games in Sochi is one thing, but the character of Russia – and Vladimir Putin – are the reasons why the Games should never have been awarded to Russia, writes Alex Massie



Ross Deuchar: The balance in policing policy
13 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

Fears that target setting may upset community relations in Scotland are unfounded, writes Prof Ross Deuchar



David Maddox: Europe seems to be evading the PM
13 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

NEW year, same old problem, Europe is the issue David Cameron just cannot shake off. The letter published over the weekend signed by 95 Conservative MPs calling for a Westminster “red card” on all EU legislation and directives is a sign that despite the promise of a referendum on EU membership, the Prime Minister has still not gained control of the European issue in his own party.




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Yet more blackouts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2014 at 2:00pm
This is hereditary Westminster Labour MP Anas Sarwar in yesterday’s Evening Times: “Now, it’s been said by some that there is no passion in the case that we are better together as part of the United Kingdom. Well, the people saying that obviously haven’t been at any of the rallies I have been at across [...]

No more excuses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2014 at 1:23pm
Alert readers will already know how cranky we can get about badly-formatted comments, which waste a lot of our time and are disrespectful to other readers. In fairness, however, our shonky comments plugin didn’t help. So after much poking around we’ve switched to a new, sleeker system. It’ll be second nature to anyone with experience [...]

Images and stereotypes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2014 at 11:16am
Chapter 11 of “The Claim Of Scotland”. Quote Of The Chapter: “The troubles of Scotland arise partly from the rooted English conviction that Scotsmen are trying to be Englishmen and are not doing it very well. The English by their sheer numbers are in a position to put this right, and this they are only [...]

On tenterhooks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2014 at 9:09am
We’re quite keen to peruse the results of this poll, which was conducted a few days ago by YouGov alongside their World War 1 one, but hasn’t yet published. We got in touch, but the company was unable to tell us when, or whether, the responses to this question (and some others about independence, along [...]

We were going to be angry
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2014 at 6:00am
…about the shameful, despicable sectarian comments by TV celebrity and occasional politician George Galloway in an Edinburgh Evening News article today, about how he’s been refused permission by West Lothian Council to put on his anti-independence “Just Say Naw” roadshow at a municipal venue in Livingston. But then we kept reading, because we don’t like [...]

Down on Baker Street
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2014 at 4:29am
John Crace, the Guardian, 14 Jan 2014: “Is it conceivable that [Sherlock] Holmes might have been a Labour voter now? Possibly. New Labour changed the rules of political engagement. What the Daily Mail still doesn’t quite get is that voting Labour is no longer a challenge to the establishment, it’s a part of it. There [...]

Always crashing in the same car
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jan 2014 at 2:00am
A must-view for those of you who missed last night’s Scotland Tonight. Watch and marvel (mainly from 2m 28s) as a man simply falls apart in front of your eyes, reduced to a babbling, incoherent shambles by a calm, eloquent gent in a sharp tweed suit. Our favourite bit is the desperate, plaintive “Just ask [...]

50 answers for the No campaign
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2014 at 4:00pm
(Now to questions typed by someone with a rudimentary command of written English.) Because as we know “Better Together” will have quite a lot of trouble coming up with any coherent replies, we’ve had a bash ourselves while we wait for them to get started. —————————————————————————————————————- . THE FIRST ELEVEN 1. What new powers is [...]

Quoted for truth #42
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2014 at 11:45am
“Herald View”, the Sunday Herald, 12 Jan 2014: “The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is to be commended for refusing to participate in the victimisation of the ‘undeserving poor’. She promises to scrap the bedroom tax, keep housing benefits and reject the forthcoming Universal Credit, which amalgamates a whole range of benefits into one payment. [...]

Migration and unemployment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2014 at 10:58am
Chapter 10 of “The Claim Of Scotland”. Quote Of The Chapter: “The relative stagnation of industry which has been described earlier means more than a mere failure to increase material wealth. The resulting unemployment has caused many of the youngest and most vigorous men and women to seek their fortunes elsewhere. In economic decline Scotland [...]


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Childcare boost proposal rejected
14 Jan 2014 at 9:26am
Plans to increase the legal right to childcare provision are rejected by the Scottish government.


New corroboration review offer made
14 Jan 2014 at 12:28pm
Scotland's justice secretary offers to delay plans to abolish corroboration to allow for a review of what other safeguards might be needed in its place.


Veterans Commissioner post announced
14 Jan 2014 at 9:31am
The interests of ex-service men and women in Scotland are to be championed by a Veterans Commissioner, it is confirmed.


Child exploitation policy 'patchy'
14 Jan 2014 at 2:19am
MSPs call on the Scottish government to develop a co-ordinated national approach to tackle the sexual exploitation of children.


Care home workers strike over pay
13 Jan 2014 at 6:45pm
Council care workers in Glasgow begin a 48-hour strike over changes to their pay and working conditions.


Support for firms 'misconceived'
14 Jan 2014 at 1:56pm
State support for firms with high-growth potential is misconceived and needs to be overhauled, a study concludes.


Treasury makes Scottish debt pledge
13 Jan 2014 at 12:14pm
The UK Treasury says that, should Scots vote to leave the UK, it will honour all UK government debt issued up to the date of independence.


Benefit cuts 'will affect children'
13 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
The Scottish government claims that more than 20,000 children in Scotland would be affected if housing benefit for the under-25s was removed.


Single police force impact examined
13 Jan 2014 at 4:01am
The first in a series of fact-finding visits to assess the impact of a single national police force takes place in Dumfries and Galloway.


Slower growth for Scots economy
12 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm
The Scottish economy is continuing to grow but the pace of growth is declining, according to the Bank of Scotland's latest PMI report.


Carmichael: White Paper 'a mirage'
13 Jan 2014 at 10:52am
The Scottish government's White Paper on independence is a "mirage", according to the Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


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The Battle for Britain and Daring to Believe We Can Do Better
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Jan 2014 at 1:06am

By Gerry Hassan

In the last couple of weeks, two visions of Britain have been articulated. Both are clear, concise, utterly sure of themselves and the justice of their case, and both are equally partial.

One is Tory MEP Daniel Hannan?s notion of a free floating, buccaneering, outward looking UK, which would slip its moorings with the European Union and reposition itself in new waters ? mixing the English speaking world of the Anglosphere with re-establishing old connections with the Commonwealth and new ones with emerging nations.



Treasury debt announcement is a game changer
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Jan 2014 at 3:45pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
In TV broadcasts where the independence referendum is discussed it is not unusual to hear the interviewer suggest to a guest pundit or politician that the Yes campaign needs a game changer; what can they do? they implore.
 
The justification for such loaded questions is usually the opinion polls which indicate a significant gap between support for Yes and No.



Apres Moi, Le Deluge
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Jan 2014 at 1:33am

By Derek Bateman

They are all falling into line now?the die-hard Unionists are scrambling and falling over themselves to find ways of giving Scotland more powers as the independence pressure builds. What a hoot! One day we?re told it?s gone far enough and all it needs is a tweak here or there. Then, as the water level rises, they panic and start baling like mad.



Scotland's War on Poverty
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Jan 2014 at 10:08am

  By Lynn Malone
 
Scotland is at war ? at war with poverty caused by welfare reform and the UK government's threats to impose further pain on those already suffering.   George Osborne threatens further cuts, warning of another £25bn to be slashed after the next election and promises greater austerity from his government.
 



ONS gaffe could have had severe implications for the independence referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Jan 2014 at 4:22pm

  By Russell Bruce
 
During the final shopping and preparation days before Christmas the Office of National Statistics (ONS), now based at Newport in Wales, published a set of economic statistics showing growth estimates for the regions and nations of the UK.
 
For a period going back to1998, the new ONS data showed a growth rate for Scotland that was half that contained in official growth statistics produced by statisticians at the Scottish Government.



The Berlin Wall of Resistance
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jan 2014 at 1:06am

By Derek Bateman

I realised how opaque the EU was the day I stepped out of a lift at the Parliament in Strasbourg, saw I was on the wrong floor and returned to the lift to find there was no call button ? it was a lift that let you out but didn?t let you back in. Maybe that will be Scotland?s destiny in the Alice in Wonderland underworld of European affairs.



Pope Francis lights political fuse
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jan 2014 at 1:02am

By George Kerevan
 
WHO is the politician to watch in 2014? Answer: Pope Francis, aka George Mario Bergoglio, 266th head of the Church of Rome with its 1.2 billion members. Marxists talk about a Bonapartist figure: an individual able to command events when the opposing class forces normally shaping history are in temporary equilibrium. Enter unexpectedly from stage left the former nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who last year was elevated to the Papacy on the retirement of Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus).



Stop Right There
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Jan 2014 at 1:37am

By Derek Bateman

Nine months to go and it is time to make a stand. 2014 is the turning point and the moment we stop, turn and confront. In the time left those of us who believe in Scotland?s independence have to do more than resist.

We have to return the challenge with interest and make this the year when the Union is examined in relentless detail, when its worth is questioned and its agents pressurised.



Welcome to 2014 ? the year of Scotland?s Big Decision
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Jan 2014 at 5:38pm

  By Lesley Riddoch

Okay ? the referendum?s just a few days closer than it was last week.  But that single digit change in the year will create a semblance of focus and momentum once Holyrood, Westminster, Better Together and the Yes Campaigns crank their publicity machines into action after the Festive Break.



Only Middle England can force Camera-shy Cameron to debate with Salmond
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Jan 2014 at 4:30pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
The Yes campaign has flown out of the blocks in 2014.  Two clever surveys have placed the No campaign on the back foot.
 
People want the No camp to spell out what a No vote will mean and they also want to see a head-to-head between PM David Cameron and FM Alex Salmond.




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Yet more blackouts
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 2:28pm

This is hereditary Westminster Labour MP Anas Sarwar in yesterday's Evening Times: "Now, it's been said by some that there is no passion in the case that we are better together as part of the Unite...

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No campaign in chaos as leading figures fall out over more powers
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 9:53am

Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish
Peter A Bell's insight:

It's not as if Brown had that much credibility for Docherty to destroy. All the rhetoric about "more powers" from British Labour in Scotland is...



Treasury debt announcement is a game changer
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 9:32am

In TV broadcasts where the independence referendum is discussed it is not unusual to hear the interviewer suggest to a guest pundit or politician that the Yes campaign needs a game changer; what can they do? they implore.



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5 Ways David Cameron Is Influencing Scotland's Referendum, Despite Claiming I...
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 9:21am
1. Political visits and arguments Scotland has been inundated with regular 'love-bomb' visits from Tory cabinet ministers leading the 'No argument'. Theresa May was afraid of terrorism. Philip Hamm...

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Sign for Scotland: I'm voting yes! [Video]
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 9:06am

The team here at Sign for Scotland have just released our latest video: 'I'm voting yes'. It is the biggest project we have undertaken so far and was great fun to be involved in. We plan to add more videos to our YouTube channel in the lead up to the referendum so keep an eye out for them!



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Treasury raises fears of higher mortgages after Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 8:36am
Treasury Chief Danny Alexander has warned that Scots households would see mortgage payments "ramped up" after independence if the Scottish Government were to refuse to pay its fair share of the UK's £1.4 trillion national debt.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If the grand-sounding title of Chief Secretary ...



Yes Scotland hails 'common sense' UK Treasury debt decision | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 8:00am

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, has welcomed the Treasury confirmation that the UK will retain full legal responsibility for UK debt incurred prior to independence, but urged the Westminster government to apply the same “common sense approach” to other aspects of the independence d...



UK Government plans to share Sterling currency with Indy Scotland
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 7:09am

In order to encourage Scottish people away from voting for independence, the UK Treasury has led an all out untruthful and overwhelmingly negative campaign aimed at undermining the economic confidence of Scotland.

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Wear Your YES Scotland Badge Day
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 7:05am

Wearing your YES badge helps raise the profile of the campaign.  I do it all the time, but let's all make a special effort for Burns Day on Saturday 25th January 2014.


Peter A Bell's insight:

I recently ordered new lapel badges from the Yes Scotland shop. When I did so I tacked on an order for some...



Scotland?s century of lost wealth
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 6:57am

Business for Scotland’s research on Scotland’s economy has delivered solid proof that Scotland subsidises the UK, not the other way around. Initially anti independence campaigners claimed we were wrong, we’ve since produced so much evidence they’ve since backed off. That evidence clearly demonstr...



George Galloway asks Donald Findlay over rally snub
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 6:46am

GEORGE Galloway MP claims to have briefed one of Scotland’s most senior lawyers about mounting a legal challenge against West Lothian Council for banning his pro-union roadshow from Livingston.
Peter A Bell's insight:

One of the more amusing spectacles in politics is provided by self-important, lou...



We were going to be angry
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 6:38am

...about the shameful, despicable sectarian comments by TV celebrity and occasional politician George Galloway in an Edinburgh Evening News article today, about how he's been refused permission by ...

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Treasury statement throws up some key questions
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 4:55am

THE Treasury's statement on the country's national debt has thrown up claim and counter-claim about what would happen in an independent Scotland, and who would have the upper hand in the inter-governmental negotiations.
Peter A Bell's insight:

While the British nationalists are desperately and dish...



Freedom of Information Request Reveals Westminster's Global Lobbying Against ...
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 4:25am

Downing Street has lobbied Vladimir Putin to help Westminster in the independence referendum, according to The Sunday Herald and Russian news agency Itar-Tass. This diplomatic offensive - aimed tow...

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Sturgeon urges No campaign to answer 50 key poll questions
by Peter A Bell
14 Jan 2014 at 4:11am

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has published a list of 50 questions she argues the No campaign must answer before September's independence referendum.

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Justice Secretary accused of 'being deaf to concerns' over abolition of corro...
by dailyrecord
14 Jan 2014 at 9:00am
KENNY MacAskill was criticised during a heated evidence session at Holyrood's Justice Committee today.


MSPs call on Scottish Government to develop national strategy for tackling ch...
by dailyrecord
14 Jan 2014 at 6:01am
THE Public Petitions Committee called for new research into the nature and scope of child sex exploitation in Scotland and new Government guideline for dealing with it.


Patrick Harvie: We need to stay in Europe.. and we need change
by Patrick Harvie
14 Jan 2014 at 5:51am
PATRICK HARVIE says staying in the European Union is important but advocates the need for reform to serve the interests of people, not corporate interests.


MPs blow £10k of taxpayers' money on portrait of bedroom tax enforcer Iain Du...
by Torcuil Crichton
14 Jan 2014 at 2:35am
THE Work and Pensions Secretary was slammed over the expensive vanity project which was part of a £250,000 House of Commons spending spree on pictures of MPs.


Alistair Darling: Alex Salmond is acting like South American generalissimo ov...
by Torcuil Crichton
14 Jan 2014 at 2:26am
THE Better Together leader launched his attack on the First Minister after the Treasury pledged to honour all debt up to the date of potential Scottish independence.


Joan McAlpine: Voting Yes can boost your standard of Fife
by Joan McAlpine
13 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
JOAN spoke to a family in Fife about the Scottish Government's plan for independence and reckons Scotland needs to move away from a low-wage model as too many parents are struggling to support their children.


Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael slams SNP's white paper on independenc...
by dailyrecord
13 Jan 2014 at 8:26am
CARMICHAEL claimed there was "no coherence" in the White Paper as he highlighted the benefits he believes Scotland would gain from being part of the UK.


Treasury pledges to honour all UK debt up to the date of potential Scottish i...
by dailyrecord
13 Jan 2014 at 5:39am
A TREASURY paper today outlines how existing UK debt would be managed should Scotland vote for independence in September.


MSPs to examine impact of Scotland's single police force in series of communi...
by dailyrecord
13 Jan 2014 at 5:01am
THE first of the fact-finding meetings takes place in Dumfries today and follows accusations that local policing is under attack after Scotland's eight forces were merged into one.


Former Labour defence ministers face criminal investigation over deaths and a...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Jan 2014 at 2:59am
GEOFF HOON and Adam Ingram have been named on the damning dossier which outlines alleged war crimes carried out by British soldiers.


Record View: Attack on Scotland's youngsters must not succeed
by Record View
13 Jan 2014 at 2:31am
RECORD VIEW discusses George Osborne's latest welfare proposal - which will see 20,000 Scots children plunged into poverty - if housing benefits are stopped for all young people under 25.


Cabinet ministers spend £6m recruiting dozens of Whitehall advisors in bid to...
by Jason Beattie
13 Jan 2014 at 2:04am
CABINET Office minister Francis Maude is advertising for 130 to sort out Government projects such as the troubled universal credit scheme.


Nicola Sturgeon warns George Osborne's housing benefit cuts will plunge 20,00...
by David Clegg
13 Jan 2014 at 1:40am
THE Deputy First Minister warned the Chancellor's latest welfare proposals would put thousands of youngsters at risk of homelessness.


MSP reveals his fight for rights as a single dad and says fellow widowed fath...
by Craig McQueen
12 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
NATIONALIST MSP Christian Allard lost his wife Jacqueline in 2000, aged just 33, and faced raising his children single-handedly while fighting authorities to overturn the Widowed Parent's Allowance, which was paid to woman only.


David Cameron accused of trying to recruit Vladimir Putin's support in the fi...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
ALEX Salmond blasts "underhand tactics" after a Russian news agency reported that Downing Street had asked the Kremlin to back the battle against separatism.


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While the world's media on the activities of President Hollande, we bring you...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jan 2014 at 1:23pm
While the world's media on the activities of President Hollande, we bring you the exciting expose of James Kelly MSP.


James Kelly MSP - A Transparent Profile
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James is too humble to boast, but is content for his admirers to praise his low profile. Indeed, his profile is so...

Shock News - Articles by the splittist agitator "Rev Stu" shown to corrupt th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jan 2014 at 9:13am
Shock News - Articles by the splittist agitator "Rev Stu" shown to corrupt the minds of infants.



Research confirms poor people are to blame (for everything).
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jan 2014 at 1:11pm
Research confirms poor people are to blame (for everything).


Feckless wasters cause recessions - leading academic
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
TV companies have been given money to create programmes such as ?Benefits Street?, and ?You?re a Scrounger spending my money, you Bastard?

Where's the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Darlings when its needed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
Where's the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Darlings when its needed?



Putin a brave face on splittist threats, PM woos the Russian bare.
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jan 2014 at 12:25pm
Putin a brave face on splittist threats, PM woos the Russian bare.


Russians say they're Putin Scotlandshire first
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire asked number 10 if they had in fact written to Putin asking for their support against independence and they refused to deny it.

Honest Gordon Brown - Man of Principle
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jan 2014 at 9:15am
Honest Gordon Brown - Man of Principle



Anti-English rhetoric reaches new depths.
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jan 2014 at 1:20pm
Anti-English rhetoric reaches new depths.


Police asked to investigate Chairchoob?s 'anti?English' jibes
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Police Scotlandshire still has a live ongoing investigation to the disappearance of the BBC in Scotlandshire's Isabel Fraser, who was last seen receiving an aggravated ...

Sport has replaced religion as "the opiate of the masses" and Jack McConnell ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jan 2014 at 1:19pm
Sport has replaced religion as "the opiate of the masses" and Jack McConnell wants to keep it that way.


Former FM McConnell demands referendum campaign truce
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Since the final game against Sweden doesn't happen till 17 September, referendum campaigning should not restart un...

"I'll give all you have, to save Britain", declared pretendy Scottish Labour ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jan 2014 at 11:44am
"I'll give all you have, to save Britain", declared pretendy Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont.


SLAB rides to Osborne's rescue
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No one should object to giving up some luxuries like food and health to ensure that we still have Trident to protect ourselves against ..., a...

The Natz were yesterday accused of bullying, and being frankly beastly, to an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jan 2014 at 12:58pm
The Natz were yesterday accused of bullying, and being frankly beastly, to anyone who doesn?t agree with them.


Sturgeon accused of bullying
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
That wee nippy sweety Nicola took a terribly scathing tone and told me I was wrong. How dare she speak to me like that?

Alex Salmond is in bed with controversial ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan, Alistair Dar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Jan 2014 at 2:24am
Alex Salmond is in bed with controversial ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan, Alistair Darling claimed yesterday.


Dictator Eck 'in bed' with ex-jail bird Tommy Sheridan, claims U-KOK head Alistair Darling
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
THE former chancellor made the claim as he defended working with the Tories in h...

New YouGuff poll shows majority of Scots want independence declared right now.
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jan 2014 at 4:33pm
New YouGuff poll shows majority of Scots want independence declared right now.


Voters to SNP: Give us independence now
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Lamont: When the SNP launched their white paper last month they claimed independence was their priority. They could prove this by getting on with the job...

In a stunning about turn, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jan 2014 at 12:26pm
In a stunning about turn, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly stated that he has "changed his mind" about Scottish independence and will in fact now be voting "no" in the referendum he has worked so hard to facilitate.


Alex Salmond makes dramatic u-turn
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
It i...

2014 is our one chance to finally close the gap...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
2014 is our one chance to finally close the gap...



Lack of co-operation in the Cooperative movement threatens our cooperative Un...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jan 2014 at 12:12pm
Lack of co-operation in the Cooperative movement threatens our cooperative Union.


Chairchoob plucks the Scotmid chickens
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Obvious product placements would be to ensure that the U-KOK logo is printed on all condoms sold in Scotlandshire


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It's time to get above ourselves

50 Questions The No Camp Must Answer
by bellacaledonia
13 Jan 2014 at 4:17pm
They’re an evasive mob when quizzed about what will happen in the event of a No vote.  No seems to stand for No Alt White Paper, No Straight Answers, No Much Of A Clue. This slipperiness will come unstuck as... Read More ›

A Fate Worse than Debt
by bellacaledonia
13 Jan 2014 at 10:47am
By James Maxwell In the New Statesman today, George Eaton challenges the spin the SNP has put on the Treasury?s announcement that it will underwrite Scottish debt after a Yes vote. The announcement is not, as the First Minister claims,... Read More ›

Republic of Books
by bellacaledonia
13 Jan 2014 at 8:09am
There’s quite a commotion about a book – The Claim of Scotland – published in 1968 by HJ Paton. It’s as though some have come across the revelation that people wrote on Scottish independence before even the Reverend Stu (!)... Read More ›

What?s the Story?
by bellacaledonia
12 Jan 2014 at 9:03am
Where next for Labour? Andrew McFadyen argues the next election should be a referendum on the Bedroom Tax. The 2011 election campaign was very hard for me to take. As a Labour staffer, I was responsible for dealing with the... Read More ›


Silly Wee Scotland
by bellacaledonia
10 Jan 2014 at 10:34am
“Don?t put North Britain on your paper; put Scotland and be done with it. Alas, that I should be stabbed in the house of my friends! The name of my native land is not North Britain, whatever may be the... Read More ›

Toxic TV
by bellacaledonia
10 Jan 2014 at 8:05am
By Mike Small There’s no better example of the anglosphere* in action than BBC Question Time, where hereditary media bore David Dimbleby presides over a half-hearted attempt at ‘participation’. Last night, as now seems essential, UKIP were present to pronounce... Read More ›

The ethnic vote: the enemy in our midst? Lessons from the Quebec referendum
by bellacaledonia
10 Jan 2014 at 4:04am
By Kevin Brown As a Canadian I well remember Parti Quebecois leader Jacques Parizeau?s bitter remarks to his followers on October 30th, 1995, on the night of Quebec?s independence referendum, when the province lost its bid to become an independent... Read More ›


Stupid Boy
by bellacaledonia
9 Jan 2014 at 6:08am
Of all the arguments against independence the worst and most insulting of them all is that we are somehow uniquely incapable of running our own affairs. In the first of our too wee, too poor, too stupid series, Hardeep Singh... Read More ›

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
by bellacaledonia
8 Jan 2014 at 4:32pm
By Mike Small The Scottish Labour Party may have done itself irreparable damage yesterday with a bizarre and potentially suicidal response to a basic social policy with mass appeal in the free school meals policy. The attempt to explain-away this... Read More ›


Economic Facts
by bellacaledonia
8 Jan 2014 at 5:20am
Ivan McKee from Business for Scotland gives a presentation on ‘The Economic Case for Independence’. From The Glad Cafe, Shawlands, Glasgow on the 26th Nov 2013 by Scottish Independence Live Events Filed under: Referendum on Independence Tagged: Business for Scotland,... Read More ›


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Google News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
14 Jan 2014 at 2:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
PRO-INDEPENDENCE - Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, says: "Closing the percentage gap between ourselves and Sweden in female participation in the workforce would increase Scotland's economic output by £2.2bn and r...


Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll - Scotland on Sunday
11 Jan 2014 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll
Scotland on Sunday
ALMOST half of the British people believe that the UK would be weakened in the event of Scottish independence, according to the first poll to illustrate the extent that Scotland is valued by its neighbours. The ...


Scottish independence issue reminiscent of solidarity - RT (blog)
11 Jan 2014 at 4:16am

RT (blog)

Scottish independence issue reminiscent of solidarity
RT (blog)
I will be voting 'No' in this year's referendum on Scottish independence. I will do so as a statement of solidarity with working people the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. There is undoubtedly much that is regressive...


Scottish independence: Devolution 'a fairer deal' - Scotsman
11 Jan 2014 at 7:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Devolution 'a fairer deal'
Scotsman
FURTHER devolution would offer Scotland a ?fairer deal? than independence, according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. The Scottish Parliament should be made irreversible, with ?maximum devolution of powers in training, transpo...


What does UK debt guarantee mean for Scottish independence? - STV Edinburgh
14 Jan 2014 at 2:16am

STV Edinburgh

What does UK debt guarantee mean for Scottish independence?
STV Edinburgh
The UK Treasury has committed to guaranteeing all of the UK's debt even if the Scotland votes for independence. It says the announcement will calm markets made anxious by suggestions from the First Minister that ...


Scottish independence: Yes winning Twitter battle - Scotsman
8 Jan 2014 at 7:52am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Yes winning Twitter battle
Scotsman
Researchers at Glasgow University have found that the campaign for Scottish independence is way ahead of the Better Together campaign on social media site Twitter. Analysis of traffic on the social media site which includes #indyref...


Scottish independence: Cameron again rejects Salmond TV debate challenge - BB...
5 Jan 2014 at 3:32am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Cameron again rejects Salmond TV debate challenge
BBC News
David Cameron has again refused to take part in a televised debate with Alex Salmond ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence. It came after the Scottish first minister said the prime minister had a "d...


UK to assume debt in case of Scottish independence - Boston Herald
13 Jan 2014 at 9:49am

Boston Herald

UK to assume debt in case of Scottish independence
Boston Herald
LONDON ? The British government has pledged that it will assume all U.K. government debt in the event Scotland votes for independence ? a move meant to reassure markets ahead of what is likely to be a heated campaign. The...


Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says No campaign 'must set out vision'...
5 Jan 2014 at 6:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon says No campaign 'must set out vision'
BBC News
The pro-Union campaign must set out in detail what a No vote in the independence referendum would mean for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The deputy first minister said the Scottish government had pr...


Scottish independence: Do politics and sport mix? - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 7:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do politics and sport mix?
BBC News
Former Scottish first minister Lord McConnell has called on both sides of the independence debate to declare a "truce" during this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He is worried politicians may try to hijack the sporting even...



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Children's Bill vote bids defeated - Kirriemuir Herald
14 Jan 2014 at 8:43am

Children's Bill vote bids defeated
Kirriemuir Herald
SNP politicians backed children's minister Aileen Campbell by turning down two key votes to amend the Children and Young People Bill being scrutinised at Holyrood. Labour wanted to push the SNP into voting now to enshrine a commitment to give 600...


Jordan sets out election hopes - Motherwell Times
14 Jan 2014 at 11:35am

Motherwell Times

Jordan sets out election hopes
Motherwell Times
Bellshill teenager Jordan Linden hopes to bring a fresh approach if he is elected for the SNP in the Motherwell North by-election this month. At just 18, he would be the youngest councillor in North Lanarkshire Council's history, but t...


SNP welcome renewables jobs boost - SNP (press release)
14 Jan 2014 at 7:32am

SNP welcome renewables jobs boost
SNP (press release)
SNP MSP, Rob Gibson, has today (Tuesday) welcomed a report from Scottish Renewables which highlights a 5% increase in employment in the renewables industry, with the number of people employed in the sector soaring to at least 11,695. The report ...


UK leaders ratings at all time low while SNP lead - SNP (press release)
14 Jan 2014 at 10:30am

UK leaders ratings at all time low while SNP lead
SNP (press release)
Another poll published in December by Panelbase shows the SNP are maintaining a lead in Scotland, after more than six-and-a-half years in government. The poll also showed the First Minister and Deputy First Minister as the most w...


SNP extend age of care to 21 - SNP (press release)
14 Jan 2014 at 10:06am

SNP extend age of care to 21
SNP (press release)
A Scottish Government amendment to the Children's Bill, passed at the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee this morning, will entitle hundreds of Scotland's most vulnerable young people to remain looked after until the age of 21. The move has be...


Childcare boost proposal rejected by MSPs - BBC News
14 Jan 2014 at 9:27am

BBC News

Childcare boost proposal rejected by MSPs
BBC News
Plans to increase the legal right to childcare provision have been rejected by the Scottish government. A Labour bid for a legal commitment to give 600 hours of childcare to the most vulnerable two-year-olds was voted down by the SNP. The m...


Scottish Government rejects attempts to bring forward childcare plans legisla...
14 Jan 2014 at 5:05am

Scottish Government rejects attempts to bring forward childcare plans legislation
Herald Scotland
Labour MSP Neil Bibby said that by refusing to act now the SNP is showing a lack of commitment to its own childcare policies which could benefit 30,000 children, saving £2,000 a year for families. "Thi...


SNP snatches defeat from the jaws of a new defeat - The Commentator
14 Jan 2014 at 4:45am

SNP snatches defeat from the jaws of a new defeat
The Commentator
The debt deal is actually a disaster for Scottish independence. Anyway, there are big fat elephants waiting to squash the SNP, mainly that 2/3 of the oil is in Shetland and Orkney waters, and they'd probably rather stay with England ...


Row boils over as Inverclyde Council leader hits out at MSP - Greenock Telegraph
14 Jan 2014 at 7:06am

Row boils over as Inverclyde Council leader hits out at MSP
Greenock Telegraph
?The council tax freeze introduced by the SNP has been a popular policy helping to save families in Inverclyde hundreds of pounds a year at a time when fuel bills are spiralling out of control and more and more families ...


SNP block plans to end inequality in Scottish childcare - Day Nurseries
14 Jan 2014 at 6:56am

Day Nurseries

SNP block plans to end inequality in Scottish childcare
Day Nurseries
Amendments to the Children and Young People's Bill put forward by Scottish Conservative, Elizabeth Smith hoping to ensure all Scottish children receive two years of childcare, has been rejected by the SNP. The block ...



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Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
14 Jan 2014 at 2:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts...


INSIDE TRACK: Disagreement on topics for debate in referendum campaign - Hera...
13 Jan 2014 at 9:09pm

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INSIDE TRACK: Disagreement on topics for debate in referendum campaign
Herald Scotland
As he sees it, voters face a narrow, constitutional question on September 18 which - if answered with a Yes - carries unknown and unknowable implications for a newly independent Scotland, its cu...


Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose - BBC News
3 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Scottish Daily Record

Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose
BBC News
Timing matters in politics. The referendum on Scottish independence - and its associated campaign - coincide with the European elections in May this year and the run-up to the UK General Election in May next year....


Scotland's referendum: What are the 'no' parties offering instead of independ...
7 Jan 2014 at 6:21pm

stv.tv

Scotland's referendum: What are the 'no' parties offering instead of independence?
BBC News
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the pro-Union Better Together campaign to outline what a "no" vote in the referendum would mean for voters. She said the Scottish government's White ...


Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 1:17am

BBC News

Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no". For the first time - and...


Your Noon Briefing: Sochi, BBC Scotland referendum coverage, Benefits Street ...
13 Jan 2014 at 6:12am

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Your Noon Briefing: Sochi, BBC Scotland referendum coverage, Benefits Street ...
allmediascotland.com (press release)
IN addition to devoting 200 hours of network TV, BBC Sport's coverage of the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympic Games will include over 650 hours of l...


Scotland's referendum: Ten things we learned in 2013 - BBC News
30 Dec 2013 at 12:31am

BBC News

Scotland's referendum: Ten things we learned in 2013
BBC News
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed to delegates at the SNP Party Conference in October the details of First Minister Alex Salmond's referendum diet. Both he and singer Beyoncé follow the same 5:2 fasting re...


Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll - Scotland on Sunday
11 Jan 2014 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll
Scotland on Sunday
A spokesman for the No campaign said: ?The referendum vote is a decision for Scots to make but this poll is clear evidence that people all across Britain acknowledge the important contribution Scotland makes to ...


TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 11:55am

TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members
BBC News
BBC Scotland is hosting a series of TV programmes at venues the length and breadth of the country and is appealing to members of the public to be part of the audience. The first is taking place in Greenock on Tuesday, 21 January - a little ...


Independence referendum: Lose Scotland and you will lose the UK, ex-diplomat ...
3 Jan 2014 at 3:19am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Lose Scotland and you will lose the UK, ex-diplomat ...
Scottish Daily Record
DAVID Cameron is in danger of losing the Scottish referendum because of the Tories' obsession with Europe, an experienced political figure has warned. Retired diplomat Brian B...



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Anything Goes

Benefits Street
14 Jan 2014 at 2:42pm
Seen a couple of episodes, set in a run down area of Birmingham.

Makes me appreciate my job. Also...

Celebrity Perv (Allegedly!) Day
14 Jan 2014 at 12:42pm

Bill Roach

Dave Lee Travis

Rolf Harris

All appearing in various courts on the same day.

 

& Fredd...



Daily Mail & Gruniad Together?
13 Jan 2014 at 6:17pm

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/13/scots-moral-duty-stay-british-referendum

 

M...



Nissan Juke
13 Jan 2014 at 5:17pm

I have one on hire just now because my car is in the garage.

 

What a shit car!!!!!! 



The Tory Factor...
13 Jan 2014 at 1:45pm

Scotland hates the Tories. Hates their policies and hates everything that goes with them.

 

They ...



Isa Rates
13 Jan 2014 at 1:10pm
I've just had a letter from Nationwide saying my ISA deal is coming to an end (2.5%) - the best t...

Anybody Know A Good Burns Supper In Glasgow Area?
13 Jan 2014 at 10:04am

As the above.  Finding the Visit Scotland and other sources fairly brutal to track down.

 

Realis...



Your Favourite Restaurant?
13 Jan 2014 at 4:06am

Going to The Kitchin in Edinburgh on Wednesday.  Quite probably the best restaurant I've ever bee...



Uk Treasury Assumes Full Responsibility For Britain’S £1.2Tn Debt Stock In Th...
13 Jan 2014 at 3:11am

VERY interesting...

 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f37babe6-7ba2-11e3-84af-00144feabdc0.html?siteedi...



An Independent Scotland In The Eu
12 Jan 2014 at 4:58am

Better Together admit that an Independent Scotland WILL be in the EU - well, that's the premise o...




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Better Nation
Work as if you live in the early days of a

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....

Time to close Longannet
by James
20 Dec 2013 at 6:57am
The most recent figures on Scotland’s energy mix are a small step in the right direction, with re...

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...


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SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

This is one Scot who will not shirk his moral duty
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2014 at 10:02pm
Whenever Blair McDougall takes some rare time out from his internet trolling career to laud an an...

Ipsos-Mori's 'state of the nation' poll provides dramatic new evidence that t...
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 7:23pm
The think-tank 'British Future' (who, judging by both their name and their analysis, are anything...

Sagacity on Saturday : Last time around
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"Interesting, but appears to have misunderstood the question."

Canon Kenyon Wright, chairman of th...

Ipsos-Mori poll shows that No voters feel much less well-informed than Yes vo...
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm
Many thanks to Alasdair Stirling for dropping me a line to point out a fascinating detail from th...

Political predictions for 2014
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2014 at 11:37am
Just over a year ago when I was coming home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party, I was rathe...

New ComRes poll of referendum voting intentions in the Borders and Dumfries &...
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 7:15pm
The anti-independence campaign have spent the evening making an unconvincing attempt at looking t...

David Aaronovitch loses the plot a bit further
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 12:11pm
I've just had this bizarre exchange on Twitter with the ultra-Blairite commentator David Aaronovi...

Do you think Alex Salmond should give you a free wok?
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2014 at 8:20pm
After hearing the results of the poll on childcare that was commissioned by the anti-independence...

Anti-independence campaign shoot themselves in the foot by publishing YouGov ...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 8:06pm
Incomprehensibly, 'Better Together' - the campaign that is fighting to maintain the constitutiona...

Nice to be ruled by Tories we didn't vote for, to be ruled by Tories we didn'...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20pm
The full story isn't online yet, but judging from the preview of the Herald's front page, it seem...

Poll Exclusive : Voters demand that the Scotland on Sunday newspaper deliver ...
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Pollster : OK, here's the next question.  How and when do you think that free childcare provision...

England Ashes debacle - another blow for McDougall?
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2014 at 6:21pm
Believe it or not, I do genuinely have a passing interest in cricket, so I decided to have a litt...

Answers At About Eight
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2014 at 2:02pm
So the moment you've all been waiting for - here are the eleven Labour MSPs (past and present) wh...


Anagrams At About Eight : Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2014 at 2:03am
Happy New Year, everyone!  Well, isn't this exciting?  On this day three years ago I wrote someth...

Ten reasons to be optimistic about a Yes to independence in 2014
by James Kelly
30 Dec 2013 at 6:30pm
Unlike so many of our friends in the London media, I don't claim to have a crystal ball handy, an...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes Scotland hails 'common sense' UK Treasury debt decision
by Peter Dempsie
13 Jan 2014 at 8:43am
Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, has welcomed the Treasury confirmation that the UK...

50 questions the No campaign must answer
by Peter Dempsie
12 Jan 2014 at 5:19am
Pressure is mounting on the No campaign to answer what the costs and consequences will be for Sco...

Survey underlines why an independent Scotland has got what it takes
by Peter Dempsie
12 Jan 2014 at 4:44am
Responding today to an Ipsos Mori survey commissioned by the think tank British Future, Yes Scotl...

Scottish farmers' support for independence grows
by Sean Lafferty
10 Jan 2014 at 11:31am
Yes Scotland has welcomed a poll by the Scottish Farmer showing that 47% of respondents will vote...

Norwegians point the way as 'oil fund millionaires'
by Peter Dempsie
10 Jan 2014 at 8:04am
Norway?s oil fund has grown so large that every Norwegian is now theoretically a millionaire, it ...

If Cameron isn't right to debate Scotland, why is he right to govern Scotland?
by Kevin Gilmartin
9 Jan 2014 at 7:37am
The No campaign say that David Cameron is not the right person to make the case for continued Wes...

Former BBC journalist demands greater scrutiny of No campaign
by Sean Lafferty
8 Jan 2014 at 8:11am
Former BBC broadcaster Derek Bateman is calling 2014 the year where the union and No campaign is ...

More hard questions about a No vote
by Cailean Gallagher
7 Jan 2014 at 7:10am

Yesterday George Osborne announced what he called "hard truths" that would be the consequences of...



?2014 is the year of hard truths? for the UK ? and for the No campaign
by Cailean Gallagher
6 Jan 2014 at 7:14am

This morning George Osborne said ?2014 is the year of hard truths?.

With plans to cut another £25 ...



Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote
by Sean Lafferty
6 Jan 2014 at 6:31am

Deputy First Minister and Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon today questioned the...



Only a Yes vote will meet demands for more powers
by Peter Dempsie
6 Jan 2014 at 6:24am
A poll heralded by the No campaign has found that independence is more popular than sticking with...

More evidence of Westminster acting against interests of Scotland
by Sean Lafferty
5 Jan 2014 at 9:35am
Further evidence of Tory governments at Westminster acting against the interests of Scotland has ...

Former Labour council chief is latest high-profile figure to say Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Jan 2014 at 5:15am
John Mulvey, former leader of Lothian Region, Poll Tax rebel and dedicated thorn in the side of M...

'We can ensure a secure, green and affordable energy supply'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Jan 2014 at 4:42am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers

'I'm Yes because I know the Scottish Parliament will work hard for our young ...
by Peter Dempsie
4 Jan 2014 at 7:07am

"I'm Yes because I know the Scottish Parliament will work hard for our young people - we've seen ...




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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Will you move............
12 Jan 2014 at 1:59pm

Whatever the outcome is in September, I'm pretty sure no-one in Scotland will die of starvation o...



Childcare
12 Jan 2014 at 11:27am
The Scottish Government is making it a huge issue for the referendum; but not a trace or limited ...

George Galloway
12 Jan 2014 at 5:17am
Really struggling to find any logic to Mr. Galloway when it comes to Scottish Independence. He tr...

Putin
11 Jan 2014 at 6:10pm



Gordon Brown
11 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm

Let's hope he starts to talk more about the financial black hole or suchlike facing an independen...



Glasgow 2014 shouldn't be used for political gain says Joke McConn
7 Jan 2014 at 8:25pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25645859

 

He must have missed the OTT po...



The Economic Case for an Independent Scotland
7 Jan 2014 at 1:37pm

Interesting post from Business for Scotland with plenty of citations.

 

http://businessforscotlan...



English celebs to "lovebomb" Scotland
5 Jan 2014 at 6:07pm

http://t.co/kBNYiSMN96

 

Yet, David Cameron still refuses to debate Salmond as it should be a deb...



View from afar
5 Jan 2014 at 10:50am
I just want to say upfront that I don't personally care which way the vote goes but as someone wh...

Yet another senior Labour figure comes out for YES
4 Jan 2014 at 7:17pm

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-labour-figure-joins-yes-1...



Airdrieonians chairman says NO.
3 Jan 2014 at 8:31am
Not much of a surprise really. Attached Thumbnails

Labour's counter offer
3 Jan 2014 at 5:56am
According to Severin Carrell in the Guardian today, Labour are due to release plans for further d...

Thatcher's secret cuts to Scottish budget
2 Jan 2014 at 7:01pm
Not really a surprise

http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/thatcher-made-secret-cuts-t...

Patriotism
1 Jan 2014 at 8:38pm

How big a part will it play in voting? i'm sure a few people will vote yes just because they ''di...



"Scotland has fallen among thieves . . . ." Ian Hamilton QC
1 Jan 2014 at 5:56pm




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Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics

Scots reject Chris Deerin's magical-thinking tour of British history | @guard...
14 Jan 2014 at 2:59pm

Chris Deerin (For us Scots the moral duty is clear: stay British, 14 January), newly repatriated to Scotland, has some way to go, I fear, before his metropolitan mindset is recalibrated. What he ch...




Legality of Alex Salmond's tuition fees pledge for Scotland called into question
by Severin Carrell
14 Jan 2014 at 12:50pm

European commission says plan to charge English, Welsh and Northern Irish students could breach treaties

The European commission has cast serious doubt on the legality of Alex Salmond's plans to con...




UK Treasury had no choice but to give Scottish independence debt pledge
by Katie Allen
14 Jan 2014 at 8:27am

UK credit rating will almost inevitably be hit if Scotland becomes independent

In reality, the Treasury had little choice but to take responsibility for the UK's entire debt stock in the event of Sc...




Treasury promises to honour UK debts up to date of Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
13 Jan 2014 at 3:48am

Statement is intended to calm anxieties about risk that Scotland could refuse to pay share of debt in quarrel over sterling

The Treasury has pledged to honour all UK debts up to the date of Scotlan...




Alistair Darling interview: 'It's going to get more unpleasant'
by Rachel Cooke
12 Jan 2014 at 2:00am

With nine months still to go, the battle for Scottish independence is turning nasty, says Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign. And as a veteran of the Blair-Brown wars, the for...




Alistair Darling denounces internet 'cyber-nats' in Scottish vote
by Daniel Boffey
11 Jan 2014 at 6:57pm

Labour MP leading campaign for Scotland to remain part of Britain says Alex Salmond could stop 'vile abuse' if he wanted to

Alistair Darling, the former chancellor who is leading the campaign agains...




Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion by Linda Colley ? review
by Colin Kidd
9 Jan 2014 at 3:00am

In the year of the Scottish referendum, Linda Colley looks at the past, and the future, of Britishness

Half a century ago, British nationhood seemed so unproblematic that nobody bothered to study it...




Modern Britain can survive ? if we all have the will for it | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
8 Jan 2014 at 2:34pm

We'll need something more than the Queen and bad weather to bind this nation in the year of the Scottish referendum

The current storms and floods offer a tantalising twist to the age-old infatuation...




Alex Salmond unveils plans for free primary school meals in Scotland
by Severin Carrell
7 Jan 2014 at 11:53am

All children in primary classes one to three will have right to receive free lunches from next January, first minister says

Alex Salmond has confirmed that all primary school children in Scotland ag...




Who better to convince Scots to reject independence than English celebrities?...
by Mike Small
7 Jan 2014 at 11:15am

The Better Together campaign may be growing desperate, but the least it could do is find Scottish C-listers to support it

When The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright was paid £7,000 to flick the swi...




A solution for Scottish independence | Katharine Whitehorn
by Katharine Whitehorn
6 Jan 2014 at 5:00am

Scots living in England won't be able to take part in the forthcoming vote, but could there be a third parliamentary way?

In the coming referendum on Scottish independence, Scots living in England w...




We need new solutions for governing this disunited kingdom | Linda Colley
by Linda Colley
5 Jan 2014 at 10:25am

Calls for the break-up of the UK are nothing new. A hundred years ago, Ireland was seeking self-determination

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. But there is anoth...




Cameron refuses to go head to head with Salmond over Scotland
by Rowena Mason
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20am

Prime minister says he will work hard to win referendum but independence is for Scots to debate among themselves

David Cameron has rejected the latest challenge from Alex Salmond to debate the issue...




And you thought the Scots won Bannockburn | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
4 Jan 2014 at 12:30pm

Prepare for a vicious, not to say mendacious, propaganda campaign in the run-up to the independence vote

The most entertaining aspect of the independence debate last year was observing how the No ca...




Scottish independence yes vote would drive change in England, says writer
by Severin Carrell
3 Jan 2014 at 11:19am

Playwright David Greig says Newcastle and Manchester could be inspired to seek greater political and economic freedom

David Greig, one of the UK's leading playwrights, has predicted that a yes vote ...




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